Communicating in different situations
To know how to communicate well in different situations
Let's start with why this is important:
- Communicating effectively can help you to maintain good relationships, avoid conflict and even increase your likelihood of getting what you want
It can be hard to communicate with everyone, especially when you do not have anything in common with that person. Watch this video to learn how to talk to anyone.
For video transcript click here.
Types of situations
There are many situations where you may need to communicate differently.
- if you are meeting with a boss you need to use professional language and do not swear.
- if you are meeting with an older family member of a friend or girlfriend/boyfriend you need to use your manners such as please and thank you and don't swear
- if you are catching up with a friend you might swear and adopt really slang/casual words
- if you are on a date then you need to be polite and respectful but still be yourself
Body language - How you move your body
Practise good body language by practising ROLES at home in the mirror.
Here's an acronym that might help you remember good body language:
R – Be relaxed and comfortable, and don't fidget
O – Adopt an open posture (no crossed arms)
L – Lean towards the person – not too much, but just enough to show interest
E – Maintain eye contact, without staring
S – Face the person squarely
To be good at communicating you have to be aware of yourself. Follow the steps in this guide to start to understand how to be self aware.
Practise your listening skills by practising these 10 tips.
Pen and paper may not always be relevant but it can help you remember what you talked about.